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For New England Catholics and anyone else... [Jul. 15th, 2007|07:43 pm]
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The Archdiocese of Boston is facing a shortage of priests. Am I surprised? Not too much.

Link here: http://www1.whdh.com/news/articles/local/BO57459/

I am wondering if they know why. And maybe they do know, they just don't want to admit it. Personally, I think it's because people still haven't gotten over the sex abuse scandal and the whole idea of a vow of chastity.

Any thoughts?

[User Picture]From: irish3509
2007-07-17 04:01 am (UTC)
I've talked with priests about this. I live in and worship in the Diocese of Paterson and our numbers for the seminary have tripled in the last few years, which means we went from 3 to 9 actually I think we have 12 currently studying.

People no longer discuss vocations as an option for a "career". I mentioned that my friend was asking her 4 year old son if he wanted to be a priest like the one from their parish, and my mom said is she nuts, and I shot back the answer my friend gave "he should know that it's an option."

So many people are looking for grandchildren and only having 1 or 2 children, so their priority will be carrying on the family name. It drives me crazy that people blame the "sex scandal" for a lack of vocations, there was a lack before it.

A lack of vocations stems from not fostering them, and expecting a certain personality to be a priest.
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